Our Guide to #YourSFMOMA

Image: © Henrik Kam

Five Things to Do at SFMOMA

Plan your day at SFMOMA with this list of not-to-miss highlights. Start at the top on Floor 7 with a bold look at Chinese contemporary art in Art and China after 1989. Work your way downstairs to Floor 4 and take in the mesmerizing work of Vija Celmins, or check out the latest from our New Work series. Relax and reflect at one of our artisanal eateries, and on your way out, stop by the store for a quick browse.

The Must-See

Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World
November 10, 2018–February 24, 2019
Floor 7

Bracketed by the 1989 crackdown on the student protest movement in Tiananmen Square and the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Art and China after 1989 is a fresh interpretative survey of Chinese experimental art that presents the work of some 60 artists and collectives who lived both in China and abroad during those two turbulent decades. Discover how artists such as Cao Fei, Huang Yong Ping, and Ai Weiwei responded to the sweeping social transformation that has brought China to the center of the global conversation.
Don’t miss this groundbreaking survey of contemporary Chinese art, one of the largest exhibitions of its kind in North America.

Cao Fei, Whose Utopia, 2006 (still); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, purchased with funds contributed by the International Director’s Council and Executive Committee Members; © Cao Fei

The Dining

In Situ, Floor 1
Sightglass, Floor 3
Cafe 5, Floor 5

From family-friendly, California-fusion fare at Cafe 5 to Michelin-star dining at In Situ, there’s a wide range of options for anyone looking to fuel up during their visit. In the mood for something lighter? Stop by Sightglass for Instagram-worthy coffee creations and treats — now with a second location in our free public space (museum admission is not required).

In Situ; photo: © Henrik Kam

The Newest

New Work: Etel Adnan
September 1, 2018–January 6, 2019
Floor 4

Don’t miss the captivating work of Etel Adnan, whose work is presented at SFMOMA for the first time. This selection of new paintings by the poet and artist, who lived in the Bay Area for over 50 years, is juxtaposed with tapestries from the 1960s and today.

Etel Adnan, Explosion Florale, 1968/2018; courtesy the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery Hamburg / Beirut; © Etel Adnan

The Museum Store

Floors 1 + 2

Take a piece of the museum home with you! Curated as carefully as our exhibitions, the Museum Store has an amazing collection of books, home goods, jewelry, toys, and more—it’s the perfect one-stop-shop. The best part is, every purchase supports SFMOMA’s exhibitions and education programs.

Museum Store; photo: © Henrik Kam

The Retrospective

Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory
December 15, 2018–March 31, 2019
Floor 4

Take a closer look at Vija Celmins’ work in the global debut of Vija Celmins: To Fix the Image in Memory. Known for her meticulously detailed renderings of the physical world — including oceans, deserts, and night skies — the artist distills vast natural landscapes into mesmerizing small-scale works. Featuring nearly 150 works spanning Celmins’ career, this exhibition is the first North American retrospective of her work in more than 25 years.

Vija Celmins, Untitled (Ocean), 1977; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, bequest of Alfred M. Esberg; © Vija Celmins; photo: Don Ross


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Admission tickets and view of SFMOMA from Yerba Buena Gardens; photo: Jolene Torr

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